May 24, 2013

    Review fee for change of IC

    THE $60 replacement fee for damaged identity cards (ICs) is to cover processing costs, says the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

    I hope the authority will review the fee as the damage is often due to wear and tear, which we have no control over. It is unrealistic to expect our ICs to be in good condition after 20 years. And what about those who cannot afford to pay?

    An ICA officer told me that Singaporeans need not have their IC on them, and can leave it at home. When I asked what if there was a police spot check, he said one's thumbprint can be used to verify personal data via a gadget in police vehicles. Is this really the case?